How ARE you doing? A study of the mental health of men in the seduction community

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Dave Steele summarises and critiques an ethnographic study using interviews and observations of the mental health of men in the seduction community.

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Weekly singing in choir may improve the mental health of cancer carers

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Katherine Tallent writes her debut blog on a recent longitudinal controlled study exploring psychosocial singing interventions for the mental health and well-being of family carers of patients with cancer.

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Are high-rise residential buildings implicated in our social wellbeing and mental health?

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Molly Bird summarises and critically analyses a recent systematic review investigating the effects of high-rise buildings on our mental health and social wellbeing.

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What do teachers need to support student mental health?

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Rachel Symons summarises a qualitative study on teachers’ aspirations, needs and opinions regarding student mental health support in secondary schools.

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Museums on prescription for socially isolated older adults #LetsTalkMentalHealthII

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Nuala Morse writes a #LetsTalkMentalHealthII blog about a museum-based social prescription intervention on quantitative measures of psychological wellbeing in older adults.

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Mental illness and emotional wellbeing: part of the same continuum?

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Lucas Shelemy considers data from the UK Millennium Cohort Study which correlates mental illness with emotional wellbeing in children, and brings back some surprising results.

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How can we help people with learning disabilities engage more in meaningful activities?

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Nick Burton reviews a US study of people with learning disabilities living in community group homes, who help show how well they engage in meaningful social and non-social activities.

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The Goldies: a community-based singing programme for successful ageing

Research shows that the median age for final menstrual period is 52.5 years, and that 90% of women have their final period by the age of 56.

In her debut blog, Jane Greenstock considers research on how community arts programmes such as singing clubs may contribute to prevention for older people.

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Quality of life and mental health: What questions should we ask?

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In his debut blog, Martin Webber, Reader in Social Work at the University of York, asks how we can meaningfully measure quality of life with and for people living with mental health problems.

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Does racial discrimination affect the mental health of children and young people?

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Recent adult mental health policy initiatives, such as the Delivering Race Equality programme (PDF) show the increasing recognition of racial discrimination in NHS mental health services. In 2012 the NHS Confederation issued guidance on achieving race equality in mental health, which was summarised on the Mental Elf a while ago. These UK policy developments on [read the full story…]